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    James Baldwin(Author) Dion Graham(Narrator)

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First published in 1962, Baldwin's novel describes American society in terms of corrupted relationships between the sexes and different races.

-An almost unbearable, tumultuous, blood-pounding experience- --Washington Post -Brilliantly and fiercely told.- --The New York Times"An almost unbearable, tumultuous, blood-pounding experience" --Washington Post

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  • By Karen Houlston on 23 May 2015

    Brilliant characterisation. Descriptions of events throw new light onto your own experience. Recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about what it is to be human.

  • By c luckett on 22 August 2017

    Sorry gave up on this one.

  • By Alessandra F. on 16 May 2009

    I bought this book because I had previously read - and very much loved - "Giovanni's room". It's not been easy at the beginning to enter into this one. Baldwin just places you in the middle of a story or, better, in the middle of a life, in this case Rufus' life, a coloured young musician who wanders New York's streets after something very terrible happened to him (and we don't know, of course, what). But then it comes the moment you realize it's not a story you're reading about, not a plot in the conventional sense of the term; you don't have to look for something to happen, but just for life, feelings, and relationships between people. In this case all made the more complex by the fact that these people belong to two different "countries", the black one and the white one. But that's not the only problematic issue faced by Baldwin in the novel, and that's the reason why so many readers had been so shocked by it. If the borders between the white country and the black one are very confused, very difficult to define, the same happens with love borders, which keep moving in very unpredictable directions.There's a lot of humanity in this book, in the broadest sense of the word. It's difficult to remain detached, because Baldwin has a very powerful way of speaking to "you" just when he seems to write about things so distant from you and your world. And he does it in a very painful way too.

  • By Jonnie de Villiers on 29 September 2015

    I first read this novel in the early 60s [I was 14 or 15] as I was trying to come to terms with my own sexual preferences, and it blew me away. I'd never read such an exciting book. It described a milieu that I wished I was a part of - free and open with attractive, though ultimately doomed, characters that I wanted to be like. Baldwin's descriptive powers enthralled me and I went into my tight jeans / leather jacket / cigarette smoking period [my parents indulged me], pretending to myself that I was part of this jet-setting New York band of free spirits. Well, real life, of course, was not quite like that, but that's another story. Re-reading in now, I'm rather less impressed. The prose is clumsy, the story wanders all over the place, the characters are ciphers. It's rooted firmly in its time. So, the 4 stars are for the memories of a long distant past.

  • By W J Smith-Bowers on 22 August 2016

    Leela a young Indian Cambridge graduate takes us on a journey through cities, relationships and her thoughts. Written from her point of view ( apart from one small section) we listen to how she thinks and judges all around her - she seems to live inside her head always thinking she know how things will work out badly. She is seeking without directly saying what it is that will be her passion her expression of self. This is a powerful journey to take with Leela.


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